Profile: Becca Yeamans

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Becca Yeamans has a Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Saint Michael's College in Colchester, VT, and a Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She has extensive research experience as well as experience working in the wine industry. She is a freelance writer with a focus on wine science and research, and is the author/creator of the technical wine blog, The Academic Wino (www.academicwino.com). You may also follower her on twitter @TheAcademicWino.

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Wine Insurance - A Primer

After the smoke has cleared on the devastating fires in the Napa and Sonoma/Northern California wine country, residents are presented with the task of sifting through the ash and debris to find out what might be lost and what might be saved in the aftermath of these deadly fires. In addition to the residential destruction, many businesses suffered a great deal of damage.
What steps do wineries and vineyards need to take to insure against natural disasters like the recent California wildfires?
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Category: Wine

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Wine Studies: What is Cork Taint?

Despite technological innovations in wine bottle closure systems, natural cork remains the most used closure in the business. It’s also the closure that most consumers associate with “tradition” in wine. So what exactly is "cork taint"?
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Category: Wine

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Does Beer Taste Better From A Bottle Or A Can?

What do you think? Does beer taste better from a bottle or from a can? Research, both controlled and anecdotal, suggests that most people would say that the same beer tastes better when it’s in a bottle versus when it’s in a can.
Science says it’s all in your head.
The Alcohol Professor

Category: Craft Beer

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Wine in Your Bathtub? No; It's Vinotherapy!

There is more to vinotherapy than just red wine baths. In fact, in the 1990s, a French husband and wife team founded the company, Caudalie Paris, aiming to further research and development of the health benefits of grapes and wine, and to isolate these compounds and patent them into various therapeutic products. According to their website, they now have several patents related to various therapies created from resveratrol, other polyphenols, viniferine, organic grape water, grape seed oil, and vinolevure. So .....does it really work?

Category: Wine

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How Much Oak is OK?

There has been a big push in recent years to reduce the use of oak in wines. Consumers apparently have had enough of the big oak butter balls, particularly when it comes to California Chardonnays, and it seems as though winemakers are listening.
In This NoteStream, we'll explore the historical significance of oak, why it is used, as well as modern day alternatives to the traditional barrel.

Category: Wine

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Cork Talk: How Best to Seal Wine

If you’ve ever opened a bottle of wine a noticed it smells a lot like a damp newspaper or a wet dog, you’ve experienced one of biggest, most disappointing problems facing wine closures today, and that is what’s referred to as “cork taint,” i.e. “corked” wine. Here we examine issues such as cork taint, as well as some other common problems associated with various closures, and how the closure industry is evolving to address these issues.

Category: Wine

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Boozing in Belize

You won’t typically hear the words “Belize” and “fine wine” in the same sentence together, however, the small Central American country has plenty of other delicious libations to offer the weary traveler. From locally brewed beers and fruit wines, to a perennial Caribbean favorite – rum- there’s no shortage of options for even the most discerning imbiber.
I recently spent my honeymoon in Belize and was very excited to try the local food and especially the local drinks. Being so close to the equator, the climate is not conducive to growing Vitis vinifera grapes (think: Merlot, Chardonnay, etc etc). However, the Belizeans won’t let that stop them from making wines from nearly everything but grapes!

Category: Travel

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